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John Montesante Dectet w. Charlotte Jane & Craig Schneider

When:

Wed 23 May 2018, 7:30pm–9:45pm
Wed 25 Jul 2018, 7:30pm–9:45pm
Wed 24 Oct 2018, 8:15pm–10:15pm

Where: Bird's Basement, 11 Singers Lane, Melbourne CBD, Victoria

Restrictions: 18+

Ticket Information:

  • General Admission - add bf: $30.00
  • Reserved Seating - add bf: $39.00
  • Additional fees may apply

Listed by: polly555

The John Montesante Dectet is a quality 10-piece Jazz band, that boasts six horns, a matchless rhythm section, with additional guest vocalists – performing exceptional jazz arrangements, based on the Blue Note & Bop epoch. Along with the 'who's who' of Australian jazz musicians, featured singers on October 24 shall be Charlotte Jane & Craig Schneider.

This Dectet had its genesis in Montesante’s stylish, horn-led Quintet, (JMQ - formed 1990) which performs regularly at venues, events, and festivals, and is lauded for its quality, longevity and versatility. Over 5 years ago, Montesante added a further four horns and guitarist for special jazz events, to breathe life into his dedicated Blue Note arrangements. And he regularly creates new instrumental and vocal charts, constantly expanding the repertoire.

One featured singer will be Charlotte Jane, one of our most versatile Jazz artists, who has worked with many of Australia's finest. A multi-talented performer, she has been singing, playing and creating music for as long as she can remember. Her musical education began at aged four with Suzuki violin, performing alongside her mother who was a gifted concert harpist and pianist. With a childhood soaked in music and dance, Charlotte Jane has never looked back. Upon arriving in Australia from New Zealand, she stepped into the world of Jazz, gigging with many of the countries’ finest musicians at leading venues, festivals, concerts and events, leading her own band as well as performing and recording for collaboration projects. She is an exceptional singer who will delight with her great renditions of the Bebop & Blue Note standards with the Dectet this evening.

Again featured on vocals is Craig Schneider, a multi-award-winning pianist, vocalist, composer, arranger, educator, and musical director. Equally, at home on the concert stage or in an intimate jazz club or cabaret venue, he has performed all over the world. During years in London, he established himself as one of the leading pianist/vocalists in the city, becoming a resident pianist at the Savoy and a regular artist at the Dorchester, Claridges and the Ivy Club where he performed for celebrities. He has released six albums and leads his own shows and bands. He has become a master of the Mark Murphy repertoire and some of those tunes shall be presented at this evening's concert.

If you enjoy iconic tunes like Tell Me A Bedtime Story, Nica's Dream, Round Midnight, Falling In Love With Love, Boplicity, You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To, Don't Misunderstand, Stolen Moments, and more, with horn features, then this is your bag! The John Montesante Dectet performs Jazz for those who savour undiluted virtuosity, outstanding soloists and big horn arrangements of Blue Note standards and Bebop. Not to be missed!